Ortom, who made the call at a press conference at the Government House, Makurdi, said the President should hand over to his deputy, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
The governor, who hinged his call on the rise in insecurity, corruption, and poor economy with the high cost of living, said the President had failed Nigerians.
He noted that the three mainstays of the President’s campaign in 2015 were security, economy, and corruption, but regretted that the Buhari regime had failed in his campaign promises and the nation was drifting into anarchy under his watch.
Ortom stated, “The APC-led government has completely failed to fulfill the promises it made to Nigerians in 2015. I was part of the people who elected President Buhari and we worked very hard for it.
“I was part of those who worked for the President in 2015 based on the promises he gave to us that he would be the President for everybody and nobody. But today, we have seen clearly that he is the President of the Fulani people as we continue to witness the level of nepotism going on in this country.
“Every day you wake up, the Fulani, with the consent of the Federal Government, make life unbearable for my people. I know that it’s happening in other states of the federation, but I am talking about my state, where I’m elected as the governor to provide good governance and security of lives and property.
“The Federal Government has failed; so, I call on President Buhari to accept that he has failed the country and he should honorably resign as the President of Nigeria and hand over to his deputy, because the way things are going in the country if the President does not rise to his responsibility, the nation will drift into anarchy.”
Ortom, who lampooned the Federal Government for the incessant killings by Fulani herdsmen in the state, stated that his administration had devised a new strategy to combat their activities.
Though he declined to explain the new strategy, the governor dropped a hint that he would personally lead the cause.
He added, “The Federal Government has the coercive power to protect lives and property. States and local governments depend on the Federal Government because it controls the security apparatuses.
“My people are mostly peasant farmers, who carry out their farming activities, but herdsmen have made life miserable for them.
“Let God help us, but we must act; we need action and my people have told me what to do and it is not for public consumption. But we will take steps to stop it; enough is enough. Benue people are not fools; we will defend ourselves and I will take the lead.”